It happens after every author interview—an email or call into the studio “What was the name of that book you mentioned?”
So here are some of the best books I’ve read, by some of the most fascinating people I’ve interviewed this year, so you can add them to your Christmas list:
Into The Fire is an excellent and exciting look at what life is really like for the soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, and House To House is the most compelling book about combat I’ve ever read—period. The final battle scene is a movie waiting to happen…and it’s all real.
Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck both stepped up for our Fisher House fundraiser, helping us raise more than $100,000 in just seven hours. I’m delighted to include their newest books (massive best-sellers, of course!) on this year’s list.
Mark Steyn provides the analysis (simultaneously hilarious and horrifying), while Michael Barone provides the data and details in these two books. They are must-haves for any political junkies who want to know the true state of American politics.
I’ve read more fiction since President Obama took office than I have in years—perhaps because the truth is stranger than it at the moment—but I haven’t read anything I’ve enjoyed more than Olen Steinhauer’s “Tourist” trilogy. Forget the awful movie by the same title: If you like spy fiction, you’ll love these books. Start with The Tourist (above) then go on to “The Nearest Exit” and “An American Spy” (which just came out this fall).
Two great books about how the world works. A Brief History Of Nearly Everything is a fun-to-read reminder of the basic science stuff we should all know (or think we know). Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death is simply the most important book about media I’ve ever read—period.
If you’re going insane over Generation Cupcake and the society that bubble-wraps our kids, this is the book for you. Lenore Skenazy has written for Mad Magazine and Cracked, but the real stories of helicopter-parent paranoia are funnier than anything you could invent.
Yes, I’ve written a few books myself. So here’s my shameless plug.
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